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2016 Yattarna Chardonnay

2016 Yattarna Chardonnay

The Penfolds Collection

2016 Yattarna Chardonnay

Launched in 1998 with the 1995 vintage, Yattarna is the result of one of the most comprehensive, focused and highly publicised wine development projects ever conducted in Australia. The aspiration and independence of mind across generations of Penfolds winemakers inspired the winery to embark on a program to create a white wine that stands alongside Grange. Selectively sourcing only the very best Chardonnay fruit from cool-climate regions, coupled with sensitive winemaking, the style continues to evolve. Yattarna reflects Penfolds patience and continued commitment to its original goal, its very name being drawn from the Aboriginal language, meaning ‘little by little, gradually.’ Each vintage provides the opportunity to further raise the quality bar.

Varietal
Chardonnay
Chardonnay
Vintage
2016
2016
Volume
750mL
750mL
Awards
96 points - Huon Hooke
96 points - Campbell Mattinson
95 points - James Halliday
Silver - 2018 Decanter World Wine Awards
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Yattarna’s 21st Birthday! No doubt this important milestone release will sit comfortably alongside the memorable 2011 Yattarna.”

–Peter Gago, Penfolds Chief Winemaker

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2016 Penfolds Bin 144 Yattarna Chardonnay South Australia Bottle 2016 Penfolds Bin 144 Yattarna Chardonnay South Australia Back 2016 Penfolds Bin 144 Yattarna Chardonnay South Australia Beauty

The Penfolds Collection

2016 Yattarna Chardonnay

Launched in 1998 with the 1995 vintage, Yattarna is the result of one of the most comprehensive, focused and highly publicised wine development projects ever conducted in Australia. The aspiration and independence of mind across generations of Penfolds winemakers inspired the winery to embark on a program to create a white wine that stands alongside Grange. Selectively sourcing only the very best Chardonnay fruit from cool-climate regions, coupled with sensitive winemaking, the style continues to evolve. Yattarna reflects Penfolds patience and continued commitment to its original goal, its very name being drawn from the Aboriginal language, meaning ‘little by little, gradually.’ Each vintage provides the opportunity to further raise the quality bar.

Varietal
Chardonnay
Chardonnay
Vintage
2016
2016
Volume
750mL
750mL
Awards
96 points - Huon Hooke
96 points - Campbell Mattinson
95 points - James Halliday
Silver - 2018 Decanter World Wine Awards

Awards & Accolades

Taste Description

Taste Description

2016 Yattarna Chardonnay

Colour

Pale straw with faint lime-green hues.

Nose

Stylish and classy – a lovely purity of expression with native fruits and hints of lemon zest, finger lime and crushed nasturtium leaf.

Upon a swirl and a little air, subtle notes of crushed honeycomb and camomile arise. Refined and classic.

Palate

An initial detection of peach and nectarine from the white stone fruit spectrum but the real feature of the palate is its poise and perfectly pitched (grippy) acidity.

The palate seems to just effortlessly glide linearly, retaining intent and purpose, yet structurally possessive of a velvet sheen that charms and disarms.

Supported by ultra fine cedary French oak. All tasted is both succulent and lingering, from the first sip to long after the last!

Not trying too hard; balanced, patient and relaxed. Rationalises the pursuit to source the ‘finest’ Chardonnay fruits accessible from anywhere in Australia. At any cost.

Vintage conditions

2016 Vintage

Tasmania’s Derwent Valley experienced a dry winter followed by significant spring rain. Above average temperatures persisted through the growing season to harvest, encouraging vines to set a balanced crop with healthy canopies. An excellent vintage for both yield and quality in Tasmania. Henty in Victoria enjoyed good winter rainfall, with regular showers in spring. Conditions for the harvest were benign, favouring good yields and optimal ripeness. The Adelaide Hills growing season was mild and dry. Conditions for fruit-set and flowering were favourable and contributed towards above average yields. Cool February conditions ensured ripening was steady and the slightly early start to vintage was a result of a mild and dry growing season. 2016 was a warm, relatively dry and early vintage for Tumbarumba, with harvest commencing 2 to 3 weeks early. Growing conditions were close to ideal, with good winter rains, a warm and clear spring and a rain free harvest.

Grape variety
100% Chardonnay
100% Chardonnay
wine analysis
Alc/Vol: 13%, pH: 3.14
Alc/Vol: 13%, pH: 3.14
Maturation
Eight months in French oak barriques (35% new).
Eight months in French oak barriques (35% new).

The Story of Penfolds Grandfather

Grandfather was originally an old cask reserved for the Penfolds family. The cask was known as The Grandfather for its old age, but “Grandfather Port” did not appear on the stock sheets until the mid-1930s. Dr Ray Beckwith once said, “My first contact with Grandfather Port was in 1935 when [Penfolds Nuriootpa Winery Manager] Alfred Scholz told me that it had its genesis in the 1915 vintage.”

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